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Old 02-01-2015, 06:23 AM   #1
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Cool2 Ridin' Europe on old nails. Three weeks, 2 rallies , 3000 miles ....

Somebody on a forum somewhere was talking about meatballs, can't remember why, and then somebody *else* said that the best meatballs in the WORLD are only to be found in Sweden. So a couple of us thought we'd better check that out? So, me mate Bill flew over to Olde Englande Town, from Ohio, borrowed an old BSA, and with me on 'Daisy' the '48 Trump, off we trotted.

Now, can't be arsed to sit on a ferry when we can ride up through North-West Europe, so here we are at Dover docks waiting for the cross channel bucket to Calais ..



It duly vomited us out in French France, and so we turned left, headed North and pretty soon hit Belgium....



Where we stopped for one of them marvleus Belgian beers ...



On towards the land of clog then (Holland) and as the evening set in found ourselves a camp-site, chucked up the canvas hotels, deployed the trailer in 'evening drinkies' mode ...



Next morning, it was over to Flushing (Vlissingen) and we went in search of the coast road that would take us up to the 'Afluisdijk' ... the huge dyke that stops the North Sea flooding Amsterdam ..

A couple of stops, for nibbles and an @rse break ...





... and to charge the 'phones, drink coffee ... blah blah ...





About half way up the Dutch mainland, rain came ...





And then we got engulfed in a mighty North Sea storm!

.... More later
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:57 AM   #2
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:05 AM   #3
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Well, bloody hell what a ride that was. Crossing the 10 mile Afluisdijk in a howling gale with horizontal rain ..... we got absolutely drowned, half frozen and totally knackered. Eventually we made it to the other side though, and made camp. Finally the storm broke and we had to put up with this ...



Next morning (day 3) was mostly wasted trying to dry everything out!





We finally got underway somewhere near lunch time! Up into Northern Holland then, and into Germany, where a very late lunch of Schnitzel was partaken of ...



Still on the small roads, following the coast, we finally stopped for the night just North of Bremerhaven, not least because we spotted this beach-side bar!



We put a few of them German beers over the old tonsils, as yer do, but had ourselves a fairly early night. Next day we'd be heading up into Sweden ...

Day 4 then. and what a fantastic day's riding that was. First, taking the long straight back-roads through the German hinterland ...



Then crossing the Great river Elbe on a little platform ferry ...



Riding all day, up towards the Northern border on the Baltic Sea. Then the weather broke again, and we got so bloody wet (again) that we couldn't face making camp. We found a hotel, wondered whether they'd welcome two half drowned motorcyclists?



Then we saw *this* .... yep, that's a couple of mo'sikkles parked INSIDE the place, in the foyer



They were very welcoming, and let us park the bikes under cover round the back. .... so THAT was all right then.



.... More later. But it's beer O'clock, so it'll be MUCH LATER !
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:37 AM   #4
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Yup. I definitely see myself riding Yourope on 50+ old bikes. No trailer though, and we better rain gear. ;-)

On e question though. Did the motors stopped working as soon as it started raining ? You know. British engineering...

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Old 02-01-2015, 08:15 AM   #5
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This trip was in 2010 right? Cause we drank some bears in Denmark at a bikercamping. You guys were probably heading back home, since we met on the ferry from Sweden to Denmark. Still got a photo:



I was riding my transalp back from the Northcape to Holland (photo). Remember very well that I was peacefully drinking Tuborg in the camping bar when you threw away my bear saying it was girls piss and ordered me a stout. Loving it since then...

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Old 02-01-2015, 09:28 AM   #6
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Ha ha !

Sorry 'bout throwing away your 'piss' .... but ... well, you gonna be a rovin' adventurer, you gotta do it RIGHT ... right?

I remember you, and your Transalp. In fact, in case you didn't know ... I DID put our encounter in the magazine. (Realclassic) ...

Hope you've put plenty of miles under those wheels since?

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Old 02-01-2015, 09:31 AM   #7
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On e question though. Did the motors stopped working as soon as it started raining ? You know. British engineering...

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Oh Ye of little faith! British engineering .... the OLD British engineering, means that if it DOES stop, you can fix it with a cable tie, a packet of Rizzlas, and a rubber band ...

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Ha ha !

Sorry 'bout throwing away your 'piss' .... but ... well, you gonna be a rovin' adventurer, you gotta do it RIGHT ... right?

I remember you, and your Transalp. In fact, in case you didn't know ... I DID put our encounter in the magazine. (Realclassic) ...

Hope you've put plenty of miles under those wheels since?

Well, you paid for the stout and taught me a big lesson in life, don't hear me complaining... Which issue of realclassic is about our meet?

That Scandinavia trip infected me very very bad with the adventurers disease... Been traveling through all of Europe in the last four years and writing about it on a Dutch blog. Now preparing a 6 months trip going east starting this summer. Can't waaait.. Still riding an ugly tranny, bit newer one though.

Daisy still alive? Love her looks... Will follow your report!
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:22 AM   #9
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Loving this report! Nothing like a long trip on old iron for a (seemingly) silly reason!
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:25 AM   #10
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OK .... where were we? Oh yes, the Baltic. Well, having had a good night's rest, it was but a short ride to the Ferry at Fehman. We got on it, not least because it was there, and we'd look pretty stupid having ridden up there if we didn't ...



It duly rocked up at Rødbyhavn, in Denmark, and we took off towards the the tunnel/bridge crossing between Copenhagen and Malmo. Of course, there were other bridges along the way ...

e into Skane

But nothing like the main crossing to Sweden. Wow, what a bloody impressive structure *that* is?



Once into Skane, in Sweden, we took the coast road to the South. Brilliant riding ....





Before turning North and heading into the trees, aiming for the first rally of this trip ...



We stopped a few times, as yer do ....







Even had ourselves a brew along the way ....



And finally .... we got to the Britannia rally ... hosted by the TOMC Sweden.

Oooh ... it's dinner time. More tomorrow?

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Old 02-01-2015, 11:59 AM   #11
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Looks like fun. Good pictures too. I really like those Enfields too! Just kidding.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:25 PM   #13
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:34 PM   #14
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Okay. You lot still here? Haven't bored you all into an early grave? Good, good ... right, so the Swedish Britannia then. The first thing we spotted, as we looked for a slot for our tents, was this ....



... which ... er .... kind of set the scene? And of course, it WAS a hell of a party, 'specially as the organisers had shipped a transit van full of English ale over! But I'm getting ahead of meself. First we needed some scran ... which meant deploying Daisy's wheelbarrow in full kitchen mode ..



Then doing some actual cooking .....





Which might LOOK like dog-vomit, but actually, was pretty bloody tasty!



Then, as yer do, a little mooch about the rally site is a MUST ...



All sorts turn up. Old, New, Ancient ....



And the place was PACKED !







But of course, beer O'clock arrived, and so it was time to have ourselves a party, so we did. Bloody marvleus weekend. I'm ashamed to admit that we did NO riding whilst at this rally. I was too pissed!



Bill 'pulled' though?



The rest of us got on with drinkin', Yarnin' ... you know how it is?



I have NO IDEA who this lady is, but she *desperately* wanted to sit on Daisy!



It went on until the wee small hours, as you'd expect ...



And you can call me a light-weight, but I couldn't face breakfast ... not on the Staurday, OR the Sunday ....

But we had plans, so on Monday (day7 ... 8 ... 9? F*ck knows) we had to weigh anchor and get a wiggle-on .... We were going to stay with the man that had made the claim about Swedish meatballs, see? ....

More tomorrow .....
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